Poor Youth Fitness Levels May Trigger Diabetes
The weight is over. A Swedish study of 18-year-old military recruits shows that those with low aerobic fitness and muscle strength were three times more likely to develop Type-2 diabetes in later life, even if they weren’t overweight. The study tracked the health of 1.5 million individuals from age 18 to 62, discovering a measurable link between the disease and those who demonstrated low aerobic fitness and muscle strength as teens. Researchers hope the results will tip the scales to build support for youth fitness programs.